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A Pembroke mother who gave birth inside an ambulance on Christmas morning reunited Monday with the paramedics who helped deliver her healthy baby boy.
Now out of the hospital, Tori Edwards, 24, and her sister arrived at Bryan County EMS Station 7 in Ellabell to express their gratitude, delivering cookies to the staff and showing off baby Eliot.
Firefighter/paramedic Travis Weiland was one of the first to reunite with the mother and child and to cradle Eliot in his arms. He and fellow firefighter/EMT Greg Britz responded to a 911 call in the early morning hours of Dec. 25, alongside Old River Road, not far from their fire station.
The call came in around 3:30 a.m., Weiland said. They arrived just moments later to find that Edwards' contractions were just three minutes apart.
Edwards' sister had tried to drive her to a Savannah hospital, but it became apparent they were not going to make it in time, so they called 911.
About 10 minutes after placing her in an ambulance, Edwards started to deliver, Weiland said. Fortunately she was in good hands, as the well-trained paramedics had no difficulties bringing the 6-pound, 8-ounce baby boy into the world.
Moments later firefighter/EMT Ginger Glover and battalion chief Brett Waters arrived on scene to offer additional support.
All four were on hand today to greet the new mother and child.
Edwards said her child was not due until New Year's Day. "We knew he was coming, but didn't know when." She called it a "completely different experience" than the birth of her first child.